It’s become conventional wisdom to tut-tut about how foolish the French have been, to let all those Muslims into the country and then leave them parked, as it were, until they decide to make trouble. Writing in the 1927, Joseph Roth offers another take on the issue. As a “wandering Jew,” after
Eastern Jews are allowed to live as they please in
Admittedly there is anti-Semitism in
And why not? They enjoy religious, cultural, and national rights. They are allowed to speak Yiddish as loudly and as much as they like. They are even allowed to speak bad French without incurring hostility.
—Joseph Roth, Report from a Parisian
But there is a complication:
The consequence of such leniency is that they learn French, and that their children no longer speak Yiddish.